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On This Day in Indianapolis History

Dawn E. Bakken

Although best known for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Indianapolis claims countless fascinating stories that happened off the track—one for every date on the calendar. In a single day on January 1, 1970, Indianapolis jumped from the nation’s twenty-sixth largest city to number eleven. On July 25, 1934, gangster and native son John Dillinger was laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery, where chips of his four successive gravestones became favorite city souvenirs. On September 17, 1945, the nation finally learned that Indianapolis was the top-secret manufacturing center for the Norden bombsight, crucial to Allied victory. And on September 6, 1959, jazz musician Wes Montgomery and his brothers finished recording one of their most popular albums. One day at a time, author Dawn Bakken chronicles a year of people, places and events in Circle City history.

paper /  219 pp. / 2016 / 9781626197572 / $21.99
Order no. 1279

Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage

Gabrielle Robinson

In 1950, a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory in South Bend met in secret. Their mission was to build homes away from the factories and slums where they were forced to live. They came from the South to make a better life for themselves and their children, but they found Jim Crow in the North as well. The meeting gave birth to Better Homes of South Bend, and a triumph against the entrenched racism of the times took all their courage, intelligence and perseverance. Author Gabrielle Robinson tells the story of their struggle and provides an intimate glimpse into a part of history that all too often is forgotten.

paper / 144 pp. / 2015 / 9781467118651 / $21.99
Order no. 1278

South Bend

Kay Marnon Danielson

The land now called St. Joseph County was familiar ground to Native Americans long before recorded history. Many Indians, including the local Potawatomie and Miami, trod the well-worn path that offered a two-mile portage between the St. Joseph River (and Lake Michigan) to the Kankakee River and eventually the Mississippi River. Pierre F. Navarre built a log cabin beside the St. Joseph River in 1820, and began a settlement that would eventually become South Bend and Mishawaka in St. Joseph County. The over 200 vintage images in this book, drawn from St. Joseph County and Mishawaka as well as South Bend, look back at the commerce, industry, and businesses like Studebaker, Ball Band, Singer, and Bendix, which grew on the rich resources of the area. Education was a high priority for early settlers, and they established one-room schoolhouses and Notre Dame University. The photographs show public places, buildings, and servants, some long gone, others that are still with us today. And of course, there are pictures of the people, the homes they built, and the activities they enjoyed in their northern Indiana home.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / 9780738518633 / $21.99
Order no. 724

Hancock County

Joseph L. Skvarenina

Over the past one hundred years, Hancock County, Indiana has experienced much growth and change. This extensive photographic essay compiled by Joseph L. Skvarenina chronicles the years from 1880 to the present, providing the reader with a visual viewpoint of local heritage, culture, and institutions. Using over two hundred photographs from both private and public archives, Hancock County, Indiana offers the reader an opportunity to journey down the dusty roads of the past, revisiting the rich traditions of the community that have made it unique in the annals of Indiana history. Many of these images, which have never been published before, illustrate significant moments from Hancock County’s history, including scenes of schools, churches, natural and man-made disasters, small towns, and armed conflict. Enhanced by informative text, the images included in this book truly capture the spirit of the people of Hancock County.

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / 97807385590110/ $21.99
Order no. 184


W.C. Madden, Tippecanoe County Historical Society

Founded as a River Town in 1825, Lafayette grew quickly and became a city in 1853. It was named after the famous French general Marquis de Lafayette, who helped America win its independence from England. In its more than 150 years in existence, Lafayette has come a long way. After the city celebrated its centennial, its growth remained stagnant from the 1960s through the 1990s. However, the addition of a Subaru plant and Wabash National changed this and started a movement that has turned the city into a major industrial and population center in the Hoosier state. Its continued economic growth is almost assured with the expansion of several plants and the addition of other companies.

2015 / 96 pp / 978-1467114608 / $22.99
Order No. 1525


Linda Lichte Cook

In 1835, William Harris sectioned off his landthe area now known as Main and Green Streets in Brownsburgfor the purpose of establishing a town. Harris used beech trees, elm trees, and hickory stumps to define the towns boundaries; he called it Harrisburg. The name Harrisburg was already in use elsewhere in Indiana, so Brownsburg, which paid homage to early settler James B. Brown, was selected as an alternative. Brownsburgs railroad station, located between Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, positioned the farming community for dramatic growth. As new settlers arrived, new businesses, mills, and factories also began to open. Today, Brownsburg continues to grow, and the community is known for its engineering and racing industries and its first-rate schools.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1467114264 / $21.99
Order No. 1527

The Dutch in the Calumet Region

Ken Bult

The first Dutch immigration to the Calumet Region took place in the second half of the 19th century. The area settled by the Dutch spans roughly from what today is part of Chicagos Southside to the western border of Griffith, Indiana, and includes the communities of Roseland, South Holland, Lansing, Munster, and Highland. Once in the region, the Dutch carved communities out of the wilderness by clearing and draining the land and raising large families; descendants of these immigrants still populate the region. Even before the towns existed and on into the 20th century, the Dutch were a community that transcended the borders they established. Evidence of the early settlers is found all around the Calumet Region. It is in the churches they built, the businesses they started, and the loved ones they buried.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1467113786 / $21.99
Order No. 1528

Lost Gary Indiana

Jerry Davich and Christopher Meyer

A poster child for our nation's urban experimentation a century ago, Gary was forged with hype and hope, dreams and sweat, political agendas and tons of steel. The hardscrabble city attracted all kinds, from shady scoundrels and famous architects to hardworking immigrants and brilliant entrepreneurs. Boasting 180,000 residents at its peak, the booming melting pot eventually faded away under the afflictions of urban decay, racial unrest and political upheaval. Jerry Davich explores the remnants of Gary's glory days, from Union Station in ruins to City Methodist Church stripped of its soul. Revisit the Sheraton Hotel's demise, Emerson High School's hard lessons, Vee-Jay Records' last release and a devastated downtown filled only with façades and fond memories.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1626196049 / $19.99
Order No. 1524

Syracuse and Lake Wawasee

Erin Lomax and Ann Vanderford Garceau

Nestled in northeastern Indiana’s Kosciusko County, Syracuse and its two lakes, Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, became a popular area both for industry and tourism following the completion of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1874. What had been a quiet fisherman’s paradise developed quickly, as hotels, restaurants, and merchants sprang up to meet the growing demand of residents and visitors. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Col. Eli Lilly helped establish the first sailing club on Lake Wawasee, and Chicago-based mobsters in Al Capone’s crime syndicate ran gambling operations. Upscale hotels attracted the wealthy and influential, while ambitious locals made Syracuse a competitive industrial presence in the state, nurtured innovative boat builders, and supported a strong foundation of schools and churches. A vibrant community of artists, watermen, entrepreneurs, educators, and spiritual leaders left a legacy well worth preserving.

2014 / 128 pp / 9781467111829 / $21.99
Order No. 1508

Delaware County, Indiana

Norma Lasley and the Delaware County Historical Society

Named for the Delaware Indians who lived in the area from about 1794 to 1820, this Indiana county was organized in 1827. It soon developed an economy based around agriculture, which remains important today. The area’s first railroad, from Indianapolis to Bellefontaine, Ohio, came to Muncie in 1852. Indiana’s first commercial gas well was drilled in Eaton, and many more wells were drilled in the area, which brought glass, metal, and other industries to the county, especially in towns such as Albany, Eaton, and Muncie. After the gas supply failed, automobile components—from gears to batteries—became a thriving industry. During World War II, Delaware County produced goods for the war effort ranging from land mines to submarine interiors. Ball canning jars were the area’s most famous product until Jim Davis’s Garfield (the cat) came along. In the 1950s and 1960s, Delaware County experienced growth and prosperity with the addition of machine and tool shops and small businesses.

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738594309 / $21.99
Order no. 2968

Miller Beach

Linda Simon and Jane Ammeson

Miller Beach, known for its eclectic charm, became a popular tourist destination in the early 1900s thanks to its windswept sand dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline. An early aviator, Chicagoan Octave Chanute, glided his aircraft over the dunes almost 10 years before the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, and botanist Henry Chandler Cowles studied plant succession in Miller Woods, now part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Like its citizens, Miller Beach's architecture is diverse, with historic park buildings designed by George W. Maher: the Marquette Park Pavilion and the Gary Bathing Beach Bathhouse, recently renovated as a museum that honors Chanute and the Tuskegee Airmen. Miller Beach contains other historic structures: Miller Town Hall dates to 1911, the old railroad depot houses a restaurant, the 1910 Miller School is home to a community arts group, and Ayers Realtors remains in its 1926 building. Miller Beach is now a part of Gary, Indiana, and the draw of the beach remains a timeless part of its past, present, and future. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738593647 / $21.99
Order No. 2955

Dearborn County, Indiana

Milton A. Masing

From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738503066 / $21.99
Order No. 2954

Lanesville and Franklin Township

Tim Bridges

In the late 1790s, when the first settlers arrived in Lanesville, they had a dream for a better life in which they could raise families and be part of a new and expanding country. Lanesville became a town on December 11, 1817--exactly one year after Indiana became a state. The town grew as people built businesses with the abundant resources that were available. Meanwhile, Franklin Township was developing into one of the best farming communities in the southern part of the state. Farmers took great pride in their homesteads, and many families still farm the land that gave life to so many generations before them. They worshiped in their churches, they built the schools that educated their children, and they prospered. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738594118 / $21.99
Order No. 2953

The Aurora Farmers Fair: 100 Years

Jenny Awad

In 1908, the Aurora Business Mens Association decided to bring a celebration to its sleepy river town. Little did these men realize that the Aurora Farmers Fair would bring their community together for the next 100 years. During the 1909 fall festival, Second and Main Streets were blocked off and lined with farm exhibits and storefronts were decorated. There were over 700 entries and 12,000 people attended. Every year merchants and manufacturers parade, and contestants are selected from area schools to compete for a place in the royal court that presides over the festivities. Class reunions and family homecomings are held around the event, and schoolchildren are released early to participate in a bicycle and pet parade. In 1959, the Aurora Business Mens Association ceded management and sponsorship of the fair to the Aurora Lions Club, and in 1969, the Lions Club purchased a beautiful old building from the Aurora Casket Company to house exhibits. Sadly, in 1998, arson destroyed the fair building, and years’ worth of fair history was lost. This book has been created, in part, in an effort to regain a portion of the collection that was lost.

paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738551685 / $21.99
Order No. 2691

The Batesville Area

S. Jean Struewing

Early in the year 1999, a group of citizens became interested in forming an organization to collect and preserve the unique history of the town of Batesville and the surrounding area. A series of meetings were held to determine the extent of public interest. By May 10, 1999, the groundwork had been laid, and the first meeting of the Batesville Area Historical Society was held at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Since that humble beginning, the society has been collecting artifacts and pictures relating to the Batesville area. This book highlights many of the photographs the society has collected, illustrating memorable moments and the people of Batesville, “the best little city in Indiana.”

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738561325 / $21.99
Order No. 2896


Anita L. Werling and Bonnie J. Maxwell

Delphi is nestled in the picturesque valley formed by the Wabash River and Deer Creek. Named for the Grecian city with its famed oracle, Delphi was envisioned by early residents as a center of culture for the surrounding area. Three courthouses have graced the central square in Delphi--the "seat of justice" in Carroll County since platted in 1828 by Gen. Samuel Milroy. When the Wabash and Erie Canal cut through the area in the 1840s, Delphi became a center for industry and commerce. Handsome three-story brick buildings appeared in the 1850s and surrounded the square by the 1880s. Area residents traveled to Delphi for trade, business, and entertainment. Delphi's opera houses drew traveling acts from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and other cultural centers. Visitors today enjoy the architectural gems downtown and in nearby residential districts plus six parks with miles of groomed hiking and biking trails. The canal era is alive in Delphi at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center where a replica boat takes visitors on a restored section of the historic waterway.

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738584379 / $21.99
Order No. 940  Temporarily Out of Stock


Jim Hillman, John Murphy, Johnson County Museum of History

As the treaties with the Delaware tribes and the forging of the Whetzel Trace opened central Indiana for settlement, the town of Franklin emerged from wilderness, echoing the development of newly christened Johnson County. Founded by Kentucky natives Simon Covert, Garret Bergen, and George King, the land that became Franklin was chosen because of ample waterways and the availability of game. Previously populated by Native Americans within the dense forest, the area was often overlooked because of flooding and harsh, thicketed landscapes. George King persuaded the Indiana Legislature to create Johnson County on December 31, 1822, before persuading the new county’s commissioners to establish the town of Franklin, named after Ben Franklin, as the seat of county government.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738582856 / $21.99
Order No. 2897

Madura's Danceland

Patricia Madura Ward-Steinman

Danceland! For hundreds of thousands of couples from all around the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana and Chicago's East Side, the name alone conjures up memories of dancing and romancing to thousands of live big bands. Opening night in October 1929 drew over 2,000 people to the beautiful ballroom with the famous maplewood dance floor. It continued to thrive with live music four nights a week and 12 months a year throughout the Big Band Era, despite the Great Depression and World War II, and into the rock 'n roll era, until it burned to the ground on Sunday morning, July 23, 1967. Almost everyone's marriage in the region began with a dance at Madura's Danceland. In the 38 years Danceland was open, it had only two owners and managers, Michael (Mike) Madura Sr. and Michael (Mick) J. Madura Jr., father and son. It remained a family business for all those years, with three generations of the Madura family having worked there in many capacities.

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738584263 / $21.99
Order No. 2900

Randolph County

Gregory P. Hinshaw

Settled by pioneers from the South, Randolph County was organized in 1818 and named for a county in North Carolina. Winchester has always been the county seat, and the county’s other incorporated towns owe their continued existence to the coming of the railroads between 1852 and 1882. In its earliest years, Randolph County became known for its abolitionism and work for temperance. In the years after the Civil War, the county’s power grew economically and politically. The early 20th century witnessed a burgeoning manufacturing sector, and transportation was made easier through widespread use of steam railroads, electric interurban cars, and the automobile.

paper / 128 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9780738560366 / $21.99
Order No. 2901

Swiss Community of Adams County

Naomi Lehman

In the mid-19th century, many Swiss families fled their homeland in order to avoid the rigid restrictions placed on religious and political beliefs. Many found solace in the little town of Berne, Indiana, and in the surrounding communities of Adams County. In 2002, Berne will celebrate 150 years of settlement and growth. In preparation, Naomi Lehman has compiled a unique visual history of these family-oriented communities, chronicling the history of the rich ancestral Swiss Emmenthaler culture that is still alive in the area today. Most of Adams County's early settlers hailed from Switzerland's capital of Bern, located in the Canton of Bern, and made the capital the namesake of their new home. The heavily forested and swampy land was cleared and tiled. Homes were constructed, churches flourished, and family businesses opened, some still existing today. Captured here in over 200 vintage images are the trials and triumphs of a classic Swiss community, including photographs of early farming families, industries and businesses, churches, and schools, blanketing not just Berne, but Geneva, Decatur, Linn Grove, and Monroe in Adams County, as well as Bluffton and Vera Cruz in neighboring Wells County.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780738519142 / $21.99
Order No. 2898

New Carlisle

Dana Groves

Long described as a dreamer and wanderer, Richard Risley Carlisle traveled from the East, purchased 160 acres, and platted the town of New Carlisle in 1835. The little town on the hill grew as many settlers found the flat, fertile prairie lands surrounding the town ideal for farming. The construction of the Michigan Road just a few years prior had opened up settlement in New Carlisle and the surrounding Olive Township. The railroad built in 1852 ensured success of the town as it bypassed other rival towns causing them to fade into obscurity. The images in this book give a glimpse into the small-town life of New Carlisle and the surrounding areas such as the communities of Hamilton and Hudson Lake that played such an important part of the community's rich heritage.

paper / 128 pp / 2010 / ISBN 9780738577395 / $21.99
Order No. 945

Terre Haute Farrington's Grove

Donna Gisolo Christenberry

Farrington’s Grove Historical District is the oldest section of Terre Haute. In this region, houses of the wealthy sprang up alongside homes of workingmen as the city spread beyond the Wabash River banks and the downtown area. Its name comes from James Farrington, a banker and attorney who settled there in 1841. Over the years, Farrington’s Grove residents have touched lives far beyond its boundaries. Max Ehrmann’s poem “Desiderata” has inspired people worldwide to go placidly amid the noise and haste. The Coca-Cola bottle’s shape owes its unique design to Earl Dean. Both racing fans and cooks owe a debt to Anton Hulman Jr., who resurrected the Indianapolis 500 and launched an advertising campaign that made Clabber Girl Baking Powder a household name. Farrington’s Grove has been home to poets, political figures, industrialists, suffragettes, educators, artists, and college students.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738583198 / $21.99
Order No. 2899

Indiana's Historic National Road: The East Side, Richmond to Indianapolis

Alan E. Hunter and Joseph M. Jarzen

The Indiana National Road Association hopes the photographs and stories within this book will give readers an appreciation for the 200-year past of the Historic National Road, often called "The Road that Built the Nation." This federally designated All-American Road retains much of the integrity from its early days as a pioneer corridor. It is important for people to learn about these stories and about those who lived and worked along the road so that they can understand more about both themselves and the importance of preserving the highway. This volume looks at the section of the road from Richmond to Indianapolis.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738560557 / $21.99
Order No. 2892

Burger Chef

Scott R. Sanders, Foreword by Frank P. Thomas Jr.

Images of America - Burger Chef

Frank P. Thomas Jr., Donald J. Thomas, and Robert E. Wildman, owners of the General Equipment Company, entered into the fast-food business by opening a 15¢ hamburger restaurant called Burger Chef in Indianapolis in 1958. General Equipment was a manufacturer of restaurant machinery and built the equipment installed in each Burger Chef store. The partners started their new Burger Chef division to sell more equipment; they never could have imagined that Burger Chef would eventually grow to become the nation’s second-largest hamburger chain and beloved by customers in towns and cities across America. Burger Chef continued in business until 1982, cooking its popular flame-broiled hamburgers and introducing its memorable advertising icons, Burger Chef and Jeff.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2779

Southern Indiana

Darrel Bigham

Images of America - Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana depicts a distinctive place at a special time: the beginning of the modern era, 1910 to 1920. During those years, this region of 26 counties, from which Indiana and much of the Old Northwest had developed a century before, was in transition toward consumerism and mass culture, as symbolized by automobiles, road-building, movies, radio, and popular magazines. Southern Indiana celebrated the state’s centennial; political progressivism in the era contributed to, among other things, prohibition and women’s suffrage. Americans for the first time sent young men off to war in Europe. The vintage photographs included in this book, culled from 20 private and public collections, are representative of southern Indiana. They show people at work, at play, in worship and school, in clubs and organizations, in travel, and at war. Most have never before been published. Once the most populous section of the state, the area o the south became much less so. Culturally—especially in the woods, hills, and valleys of the un-glaciated center of the district—southern Indiana retained its upper South character. It remained largely rural and agricultural. Most settlements were isolated and small; many communities had been losing popularity and people because of hard times on the farm and the appeal of larger cities.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $19.99
Order No. 2448


Jeffrey K. Baldwin on behalf of the Hendricks County Historical Museum

Images of America - Danville

Danville, created in 1824 as the county seat of Hendricks County, was the hub of government, commerce, and agriculture. Farmers sold their crops in town and shopped there. As the agricultural economy diminished, Danville became home to workers commuting to Indianapolis. Danville residents have always valued education. On May 10, 1878, at the instigation of Prof. W. F. Harper of the Central Normal School of Ladoga, 50 farm wagons from Danville arrived at Ladoga and stole the whole school, including equipment, students, faculty, and baggage. Central Normal College was then installed in the facility previously housing the Hendricks County Seminary and the Danville Academy. From 1878 to 1951, Central Normal College was a Danville institution, turning out more than 75,000 graduates destined for leadership roles in education, business, law, and politics.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2780

Peru: Circus Capital of the World

Kreig A. Adkins

Images of America - Peru: Circus Capital of the World

In April 1884, Ben Wallace, the owner of the local livery, opened the season of his new circus in Peru and billed it as Wallace and Company’s Great World’s Menagerie and International Circus. It was an instant success and soon grew to be one of the largest and most renowned circuses in American history. Over the next 50 years, many circuses found a home in Peru. Under the direction of the American Circus Corporation, an industry was created in Peru that employed as many as 4,500 people. Circuses like the Hagenbeck-Wallace, John Robinson, and Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show departed Peru by rail each spring, along with some of the best acts from around the world, including Terrell "the Lion King" Jacobs; the world’s favorite clown, Emmett Kelly; and animal trainer Clyde Beatty, who played himself in 12 Hollywood movies. In 1929, Ringling Brothers purchased the American Circus Corporation. As the country sank into the Depression, fewer circuses left Peru each season. In 1941, Ringling Brothers closed its winter quarters in Peru, ending an era.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2781
NEW!  15 Historic Photo Postcards:  $7.99, Order No. 6639

Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities

Jim Hillman, John Murphy

Images of America - Indiana's Cathoic Religious Comunities

With expanding Irish, Swiss, French, and German immigrant populations, the state of Indiana evolved from individual explorers, trappers, hunters, and traders into family-focused communities of farmers and craftsmen. Emerging from the former Indiana Territory, the state's early population was in need of education, health care, and social services to assist young families, the poor, the infirm, and the elderly. These needs were frequently met by Catholic religious orders, including the Benedictines, Sisters of Providence, Franciscans, Daughters of Charity, and other established organizations of dedicated religious men and women.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2782


Otis Amanda Dick

CorydonCorydon was founded at the population center of the Indiana Territory. William Smith chose a ridge with a commanding view at the confluence of Big and Little Indian Creeks for his home and was comfortably settled around 1800. Territorial governor William Henry Harrison was a frequent guest, giving his name to the county that was later established. Corydon eclipsed Clarksville to become the territorial capital when the Illinois Territory was cut away in 1813, leaving the previous capital at Vincennes on the extreme western boundary of the Indiana Territory. Indiana became the 19th state on December 11, 1816. In 1827, William Holmes McGuffey (of McGuffey’s Readers fame) recommended William Porter for headmaster of the Corydon Seminary. Porter went on to become a judge and bought the Gov. William Hendricks residence. Porter’s daughter Helen married Patrick Griffin and raised her family in the house where she had been born. Maurice Griffin raised his family on the square, where his son Frederick Porter Griffin resided until arranging for the Hendricks house to become part of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site. The Porter-Griffin family photographs, now housed in the Frederick Porter Griffin Center, made this book possible.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561088 / $21.99
Order No. 2745

Pulaski County

Karen Clem Fritz

Pulaski CountyFor centuries the shimmering waters of the historic Tippecanoe River have quietly marked the history of rural Pulaski County as the stream winds through the heart of the county’s landscape, its banks lined with lush woods and rich farmlands. The river was the lifeblood of the Potawatomi Indians who fished its waters and canoed home to camps along the shores. They were followed by pioneer hunters and trappers lured by plentiful wildlife. Early settlers harnessed the river’s energy to run saw- and gristmills. Later the Tippecanoe attracted weekend and summer visitors from the city looking for some quiet fishing and peaceful reflection. Pulaski County was established in 1839. Dotted with quaint towns, family farms, and locally owned businesses and light industry, the county has been shaped by a heritage of hard work, simple pleasures, neighborliness, and a determined self-sufficiency that comes of relative isolation. It is a rich and increasingly rare bucolic prospect—nourished by a vigilant river.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561185 / $21.99
Order No. 2747

The Lincoln Highway Across Indiana

Jan Shupert-Arick for the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

The Lincoln Highway across IndianaThe Lincoln Highway across Indiana explores Indiana’s unique role in Lincoln Highway history and celebrates Indiana’s place in early automotive and road-building history. Once known as the “Main Street of America,” the Lincoln Highway route was established across northern Indiana in 1913, linking larger cities—Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Goshen, South Bend, LaPorte, and Valparaiso—to smaller communities. Most Lincoln Highway towns renamed their main streets Lincolnway in recognition of the nation’s first coast-to-coast auto road. When the Lincoln Highway Association shortened the route in 1926, the route linked Fort Wayne to Columbia City, Warsaw, and Plymouth, giving the state two Lincoln Highway routes. From Fort Wayne to the famous Ideal Section, between Dyer and Schererville, Indiana’s Lincolnway towns remain proudly connected to Lincoln Highway history. Through vintage photographs, postcards, advertisements, and other historical records, this armchair tour of the highway visits sites favored by early tourists, documents the people and places that made the highway a vital corridor, and celebrates Hoosier Carl Fisher’s leadership in the formation of the Lincoln Highway Association, as well as the people who work to preserve its legacy today.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561266 / $21.99
Order No. 2748
(Dixie Highway in Indiana also available, Order No. 6637)

Indianapolis Social Clubs

Jim Hillman and John Murphy

Indianapolis Social ClubsMore than banquet halls, golf courses, and swimming pools, social clubs were a haven for businessmen, politicians, and community leaders, offering respite from public scrutiny. Defining Indianapolis, the clubs were stoic agents of power and segregation, providing clear historical snapshots of Hoosier pomp and circumstance. The clubs did more than produce Olympic swimmers, world-class golfers, and tennis professionals; they were Indianapolis’s multigenerational playgrounds. There were the politics and business dealings at the Columbia Club and the Indianapolis Athletic Club, the golfing, tennis, and formality of Woodstock, Meridian Hills, and other country clubs, and the family fun in the sun at Riviera, Devon, and Olympia. These organizations offered more than magical summers with family and friends; they were the places to be seen.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561207 / $21.99
Order No. 2746

Michigan City Marinas

Jonita Davis for the Michigan City Port Authority

Michigan City MarinasSince its incorporation, Michigan City has appreciated its lakefront assets. The point at which Trail Creek collides with Lake Michigan has always been a source of pride for the city’s residents. However, it was not until 1959 that an agency was created to protect and maintain the city’s interests at the lakefront. Michigan City Marinas chronicles the agency’s efforts to realize the potential of one of Lake Michigan’s most magnificent ports. The people, events, and other government agencies that helped shape the future of the marinas are explored along with the Michigan City Port Authority’s tenacious oversight of the resources and facilities that are still in use today.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561266 / $21.99
Order No. 2749
NEW!  15 Historic Photo Postcards:  $7.99, Order No. 6640

Indiana's Lincolnland

Mike Capps and Jane Ammeson

Indiana's Lincolnland

Illinois may be known as the “Land of Lincoln,” but Abraham Lincoln spent the formative years from the age of 7 until he turned 21 in southwestern Indiana, living with his family on a farmstead in the rolling hills of this beautiful rural area. The Lincoln family moved from Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River and settling in an area known as Little Pigeon Creek in December 1816. Now known as Lincoln City, the town is just one of several stops on a back roads tour that takes wanderers through many historic sites, representing important moments in the life of a great man. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried here, and the cabin where his cousin lived and Lincoln spent the night still stands. Those who want to retrace Lincoln’s life in southern Indiana can do so easily by following the narrow roads that traverse the 20-mile area where he lived and traveled during those 14 years when he called Indiana home. The people of the region still claim Lincoln as one of their own.

paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738552330 / $19.99
Order No. 2717 

The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana

David E. Longest

The Monon Railroad in Southern IndianaIn the spring of 1847, James Brooks met with six associates in Providence to forever change the face of transportation in Indiana. The New Albany and Salem Rail Road Company was born as a result of this historic meeting. Today this railroad, most often called the Monon, is only a memory of a time when trains streaked across the hills and farmland of southern Indiana. The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana examines the real purpose of railroads as movers of people and the products they devoted their lives to producing and focuses on areas from New Albany to Bloomington. It identifies the only two counties in Indiana that were a part of the Salem limestone district and gives a glimpse of how the stone was removed from the earth and eventually formed into some of the nation’s most beloved buildings and structures. It also takes a look at the history of several lumber-based industries and the famed products that they manufactured. New Albany was once known across America as a key producer of hardwood plywood, used in custom cabinetry, and the Showers Brothers Furniture Company of Bloomington was once the largest manufacturer of furniture in America. This book talks about the industries that created the cities and towns that many Hoosiers called home.

paper / 129 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738552378 / $19.99
Order No. 2716


Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

MartinsvilleBased on vintage postcards, this new book is a unique and welcome addition to the small number of works devoted to the history of Martinsville. Captured here in more than 220 postcard images is an important chronicle of the past 100 years in the “City of Mineral Water.” This visual record showcases the sanitariums—including the glorious Home Lawn and its sibling, the Martinsville—industries and businesses, buildings and people, courthouse square, and special events that shaped the past and influenced the present. This fascinating retrospective is an indispensable companion to and expansion of Morgan County, the authors’ first book in Arcadia’s Postcard History Series.

paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN: 9780738552309 / $19.99
Order No. 2715

Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003

C. Warren Vander Hill and Anthony O. Edmonds

Ball State Men's Basketball

Since 1918, Ball State men's basketball has gone from a small athletic endeavor at a teachers college to a highly respected Division I program in the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA. On several occasions during the past two decades, the team has participated in post-season tournaments. Using over 200 images and insightful narrative, Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003 examines the evolution of this popular program and focuses on the coaches, players, and traditions that played a part in the development of this American pastime in Indiana.

Images of Sports

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-3163-4 / $19.99 Special Discount 20% off
Order No. 2609

Baseball in South Bend

John M. Kovach

Baseball in South Bend

The national pastime began to take root in South Bend in the 1860s when teams like the Hoosiers, Excelsiors, and Rough-and-Readys took the field to the delight of local fans. By 1878, the legendary South Bend Greenstocking had arrived on the scene, winning the mythical Indiana State Baseball Championship and establishing the nickname of choice for South Bend baseball for years to come. The following decades saw the rising popularity of not only minor league baseball but also barnstorming teams, indoor baseball, factory leagues, and men's and women's amateur leagues. South Bend, in fact, was one of only two cities to host a team - the Blue Stockings - in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for the entirety of that league's existence (1943-1954). This rich baseball heritage is carried on today by the South Bend SilverHawks of the Class-A Midwest League.

Images of Baseball

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3326-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2606


Maxine Kruse


The county seat of Lawrence County, Bedford is in the heart of Indiana's limestone belt and is known as the "Limestone Capital of the World." Famous buildings across the nation, including the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, and the National Cathedral, feature limestone quarried and carved in Bedford. After faltering between the Depression and World War II, the limestone industry is still going strong. Today, during the early spring when the dogwood and redbud trees are in bloom, the area is particularly scenic, and tourists flock to the rolling hills of Bedford and nearby Spring Mill State Park. Through archival photographs and historic ephemera, Bedford captures the birth of a classic Midwestern quarry town and its growth into a thriving modern community.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4055-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2610


Penn and Madison Townships

Debra C. Perkins

Penn and Madison Townships

Nestled in the midst of St. Joseph County, the area that is now Penn and Madison Townships was once heavily wooded. In the 1830s, the earliest settlers traveled routes on foot and via horseback, road cart, ox-drawn wagons, and buckboards, following winding paths in an effort to avoid the swamps. Although hardships and inconveniences were endured, one gentleman described their advantages upon arrival: “The soil of Madison and Penn Township is of inexhaustible fertility and the population is to great extent of vigorous Pennsylvania stock.” As early settlers arrived, they cut trees for lumber for their homes and to clear ground for farming. This land became some of the best farmland in the region. As the Wabash Railroad, Lake Shore Railroad, and the Grand Trunk were erected in the towns of Wyatt and Osceola, businesses sprang up, along with schools, churches, grocery stores, sawmills, gristmills, blacksmith shops, post offices, and physicians’ offices. The railroads were used to ship lumber and crops, and lumbering continued as waves of settlers built new homes and barns at a rapid pace. As dairy farming spread, creameries were established where farmers could separate their milk and cream – the farmers fed their cattle the skimmed milk, while the cream was made into butter and sold in the local general stores. This area is still some of the best farming ground in St. Joseph County. Through over 180 historical photographs, Penn and Madison Townships captures the rural way of life that has existed in this region for over 160 years. Family, farming, and tradition, the strengths of these small rural centers, are seen in the enclosed history and are still visible in the communities today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4072-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2607



Terri Horvath


Carmel started as a small trading post and farming community in 1836 but has long been regarded as a gateway to Indiana's capital city. The nickname “North Gate of Indianapolis” was adopted by Carmel's centennial committee, reflecting the town's appreciation of the big-city association. Carmelites could enjoy the charm of small-town living along with the amenities of a large city the distance of a short train ride. For decades, Carmel remained nearly unchanged from its one-stoplight status. The 1950s marked the start of major changes. Affordable automobiles and better roads helped create the demise of the railroad to Carmel but enhanced the suburb's appeal to families. With the ease of transportation to Indianapolis and a reputation for excellent schools, Carmel began to witness a steady migration of new residents. By 1975, the town had experienced the beginning of a housing boom and increased its size at least tenfold by 2006. As a result, Carmel has a new persona, a city independent of its big sister to the south with its own healthy business environment and cultural attractions.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 13 978-0-7385-5121-0 / $19.99
Order No.2654

French Lick and West Baden Springs

John Martin Smith

French Lick and West Baden Springs

During the heyday of spas, two luxurious hotels, owned by flamboyant competing visionaries, attracted the rich and famous to southern Indiana. Hotel guests came from throughout the United States in search of cures and pleasure. Among the many noted celebrities visiting the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, Joe Lewis, and professional golfer Walter Hagen, and the West Baden Springs Hotel was known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. After years of neglect, the two hotels have been restored to their original splendor. Legalization of gambling and the building of a riverboat casino between the hotels have lured pleasure seekers to celebrate modern-day opulence and recreation.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 125 pp. / ISBN-13-978-0-7385-5133-3 / $19.99
Order No.2655

New Harmony

Connie A. Weinzapfel, Darrel E. Bigham, and Susan R. Branigin

New Harmony

New Harmony is a town like no other. A community that began almost 200 years ahead of its time, New Harmony was a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought the equality in communal living. It was impossible for George Rapp to realize the events he would set into motion when he purchased 20,000 acres of land on the Wabash River in 1814 and subsequently sold it to social reformer Robert Owen ten years later. This simple community came to have an immense impact on our country's art and architecture, public education system, women's suffrage movement, Midwestern industrial development, and more.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 125 pp. / ISBN 13-978-0-7385-0344-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2650

Morgan County

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

Morgan County

Based solely on vintage postcards, this important new book is a unique addition to the small number of works devoted to the history of Morgan County. Captured here in more than 220 commercially produced and personal real-photo postcards is a chronicle of the past 100 years in Martinsville, Mooresville, Morgantown, Waverly, and other communities that have been imprinted on the local landscape. This visual record showcases the people, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, recreation sites, and events that shaped Morgan County—including the famous mineral water sanitariums, landmark buildings and bridges, favorite fishing holes and resorts, and disasters such as the 1913 flood of the White River.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 123 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 13-978-0-7385-5120-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2652

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

The scenic town of New Albany lies along the banks of the Ohio River, opposite Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1813 and incorporated in 1839, New Albany grew to be the largest city in Indiana by the mid 1800s. Its location below the falls of the Ohio River boosted shipping and boat building and promoted the building of some of the city’s most notable residences, many of which still stand along Main Street.
Through more than 200 vintage postcards, the authors guide the reader on a tour of New Albany’s past. The images highlight the city’s early schools and churches and its first library. Others juxtapose flooding disaster and centennial celebration.

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3386-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2534


Darrel Bigham


The focus of this work is Evansville-100 years ago the only emerging metropolis between Louisville and St. Louis, and then, as now, the radial center of a hinterland stretching in all directions from 75 to 125 miles. The book illustrates how the city landscape changed because of the early industrial era, how people made a living, how people related to each other, and how they spent their leisure time. About one-fifth of the images in this collection focus on the residents of the Evansville region; the Tri-State of southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky, and southern Illinois, which has been Evansville’s service area since the 1850s.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-9323-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2558

Evansville: The WW II Years

Darrel E. Bigham

 Evansville: The WWII Years

World War II changed the face of Evansville, Indiana. In December 1941, the city was still recovering from the Great Depression, yet within three months, a series of blockbuster announcements transformed the region. Several corporations received major defense contracts to manufacture parts and ammunitions, while two new installations were launched: a shipyard to construct Landing Ship Tanks and a factory to manufacture P–47 airplanes. Industrial employment rose dramatically, producing social, economic, and racial tensions as thousands of newcomers poured into a city that lacked adequate housing and public facilities. The citizens of Evansville persevered, and most workers stayed following the end of the war. One federal official commented that the city—not just its many defense plants—deserved the coveted Army-Navy “E” (for excellence) award.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3442-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2563


Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway

BrookvillePlatted in 1808 on a strip of land between the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Whitewater River, Brookville is one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Indiana. The authors have assembled more than 200 historic postcards, contributed by local residents and collectors, that tell the story of Brookville's people and places.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 27 pp. / 2008 / ISBN-13 978-0-7385-5158-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2682

Vincennes: Images of America

Richard Day and William Hopper


This unprecedented collection creates a retrospective of Vincennes’s history from the early 1900s through the 1960s. Vincennes serves as a sights and structures of yesteryear. The book’s lively commentary combines the images with colorful anecdotes, making this book both entertaining and educational.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-3418-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2547

Ohio County Indiana

William Dichtl


Ohio County, the smallest county in Indiana, was carved out of Dearborn County in 1844. Colonel Abel Pepper was influential in the establishment of the new county. As a citizen of Rising Sun, he and his wife donated land and money to the building of the courthouse. This photographic documentation of Ohio County, Indiana covers the years at the close of the 1800s to the present. The small, Ohio County could throw a big party as demonstrated by the 1940 and 1950s regattas, and the 1964 sesquicentennial of the founding of Rising Sun.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1883-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2526

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

Larry G. Eggleston

Porter County

The history of Porter County goes back several centuries. The area now known as Porter County was first inhabited by several Indian tribes, primarily the Potawatomi. With the formation of the state of Indiana and the establishment of Porter County, the area grew rapidly. The natural beauty of Porter County and its scenic freshwater lakes attracted developers who erected several summer resorts around the lake area. Access to these resorts was enhanced by the construction of the interurban electric railroad, which offered visitors easy access to the area’s offerings.
Author Larry Eggleston traces the early history of Porter County’s beginning with the first settlers, the development of Porter County lakes and resorts, the influence of the interurban railroad, and the associated legends and mysteries of the area. The book covers the lakes and resorts from Lake Michigan to the Kankakee River.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3277-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2529

Michigan City Lighthouse: Guardians of the Lake Michigan

Steven D. Elve

Michigan City Lighthouse

This book offers a glimpse into Michigan City maritime history, from the storm of 1913 that left the lighthouse practically buried in ice, to the capsizing of the Eastland on its way to Michigan City, one of the worst marine disasters in the history of the Great Lakes.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1856-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2442

Football at Ball State University 1924-2001

E. Bruce Geelhoed

Football at Ball State University

Using over 200 vintage photos, the author explores how football grew and developed at Ball State Univeristy from the Hoosieroons in 1924 to today.

Images of Sports series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1892-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2435

Muncie: The Middletown of America

E. Bruce Geelhoed

Muncie: The Middletown of America

Muncie: The Middletown of America explores the evolution of Muncie in a series of over two hundred black and white images. Spectacular photographs unveil Muncie’s past, from the Ball Brothers, whose glass making company gave the city its reputation in the 1880s, to exciting high school basketball and volleyball contests in the 1980s and 1990s. Striking imagery enables the reader to connect to the past and visualize how Muncie developed to where it stands today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-7385-0733-4 / $18.99
Order No. 2545

Munster Indiana

Edward N. Hmurovic


Munster, Indiana was referred to as Strathmore on early railroad maps as workers would tirelessly tie "one strath more." When a young man from the Netherlands by the name of Jacob Munster opened Munster's General Store, complete with a small U.S. Postal Station in the back, more residents populated the area, and the "Town of Munster" was founded in 1907. Munster, Indiana is a photographic tour of the places, people, and events that have shaped the Town of Munster from the 1850s onward. Nearly 250 historically significant images capture the town's growth from a simple farming community to the bustling town it is today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2336-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2559


Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash

Mike McCormick

Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash

Terre Haute, Indiana has had an evolving identity since the early 1800s. Taking advantage of the fertile, then-navigable Wabash River, settlers first located at Fort Harrison, a federal military reserve. After the expansive growth of the railroads, Terre Haute boasted more smokestacks than any other city in the Midwest, earning it the nickname "The Pittsburgh of the West." In the early twentieth century, the community became known as "Sin City" and "Indiana's Delinquent City" because of its reputation for brothels, saloons, and gambling establishments. Although many of Terre Haute's prosperous periods reached a decline, its people never lose hope or their strong commitment to the city they love. With hard work, attention, and a little time, Terre Haute always reinvents itself and flourishes again. Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash reveals the people and places that comprise this distinct city, one that maintains its pride and perseverance in the face of good times and bad. Tales of accomplishments such as the construction of the 465-mile Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest manmade waterway in the western hemisphere, segue seamlessly into portraits of influential citizens, such as Eugene V. Debs, a prominent labor organizer and the Socialist Party's presidential candidate five times. This new volume takes readers on a tour of the city's high points, from the industrial boom preceding Prohibition to the educational tradition of Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, while illustrating the challenges dauntless citizens have overcome.

paper / 160 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-2406-9 / $24.99
Order No. 2569

Lawrence County Indiana

Maxine Kruse

Lawrence County Indiana

Over 200 vintage images create a fascinating and comprehensive visual record that explores the history of Lawrence County, Indiana.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-0806-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2450

La Porte Indiana and Its Environs

La Porte County Historical Society, Inc.

La Porte Indiana and Its Environs

From its beginnings in 1833 when the city's founding fathers donated the land for the public square, through the 1930s and beyond, La Porte has been central to the area's business, agricultural, religious, and architectural development.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-1969-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2449


Baseball in Indianapolis

W. C. Madden

Baseball in Indianapolis

Tells the story of the American pastime in the state capital from the post-Civil War era up to the present day.

Images of Baseball series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2310-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2385

Crown Hill Cemetery

W. C. Madden

Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill is noted for its unique beauty and historic significance. Dedicated in 1864, the cemetery of 555 acres is the final resting-place to over 185,000 citizens. Madden examines the inspiring Waiting Station and Gothic Chapel, both built in the 1800s.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3250-9 / $19.99
Order No. 2451

Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards

W. C. Madden

Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards

Take an historic journey through Indianapolis from 1890 to 1950 by means of postcards of the time.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2321-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2386

Indianapolis: Then and Now

W. C. Madden

Indianapolis Then and Now

Comparison in photographs of past Indianapolis with today's Indianapolis.

Then and Now series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 96 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2344-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2402


Michigan City

Rose Anna Mueller

Michigan City

Nestled on the southern most shores of the Great Lakes, Michigan City was established in 1836. An abundance of pine and hardwoods gave rise to a thriving lumber industry, and by the end of the century, Michigan City was one of the largest lumber markets in the state. The city’s harbor and the arrival of the railroad brought new industry, from the manufacture of rail cars to glassmaking and flour mills. Michigan City even pitted itself against Chicago in a race to become the major port of Lake Michigan.
The early twentieth century saw a rise in tourism as lakefront attractions sprang up. Excursionists arrived by boat and train from bathing, shooting galleries, a merry go round and roller coaster, and the Oasis Ballroom. As a result of the city’s dune preservation efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, the city continues as a haven for water sports and a resort for Chicagoans and others in the Midwest.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3409-9 / $19.99
Order No. 2544

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Lanette Mullins

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In Valparaiso, Indiana: Looking Back, Moving Forward author Lanette Mullins chronicles the history and development of the city, with its small town charm, in over 200 vintage images. The book features photographs of the historic homes that grace the city streets, the famous individuals who walked them, the influential history of Valparaiso University, and the cultural institutions throughout the city.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2002 reprinted 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2046-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2546

Jeffersonville Indiana

Garry J. Nokes


The more than 200 images tell the city's tale from the earliest days of settlement, through the boom days of the late 19th century, and on to the tragedy of the Great Flood in 1937.

paper / 128 pp. / 2002 (reprinted 2004) / ISBN 0-7385-2041-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2458

Portage Township

Dennis Norman and James Wright

Portage Township

It has been over 40 years since the trinity of Crisman, McCool, and Garyton united to become Portage, Indiana. Located 50 miles from downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Portage Township has emerged as a growing residential, commercial, and industrial center. Portage became a town in 1959 and attained city status in 1967, but the region's history begins with the indigenous Wey Indians of the 1700s and the Potowotamie, whose land was sold in 1834. Pioneers then settled the land alongside immigrants. For many generations Portage has offered a new beginning to those who sought work, political asylum, or simply a better life.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2322-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2565

Along the Calumet River

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Along the Calumet River

Once known as the Callimink River by the area’s Potawatomi Indians, the Calumet River has been home to swimmers and fishermen, steamboats and canoes, and shipyards and factories for generations. Recreation and industry have coexisted along its banks for decades. Communities along the Calumet River-from South Chicago to northwest Indiana-have long derived their life blood from the river. With abundant wilderness, many recreational activities, and a convenient transportation corridor, the Calumet River has long been an important resource for the communities along its bank. Along the Calumet River presents the history, evolution, and development of the river corridor using over 200 vintage images. Author Cynthia Ogorek helps identify and dissect the intrinsic role of the river over time, and the changes the river and area have seen through the years.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3344-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2528

Elkhart Indiana

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Elkhart IndianaSome 200 years ago when the Potawatomi Indians were still among the region’s primary inhabitants, there was a winding river that was christened ”Coeur deCerf”-the heart of a stag. Legend has it that the earliest settlers were captivated by a small island that resembled an elk’s heart. By 1832, Havilah Beardsley began to lay the foundation for what would soon be known as the village of Elkhart. There were only a few dozen lots in that first plat, but by 1858, Elkhart was incorporated as a growing and bustling new city.
Today, Elkhart is recognized as being one of northern Indiana’s most enterprising communities, as well as one of the most culturally diverse. The images in the book offer a glimpse into the events that helped shape Elkhart into the marvelous city it has become, truly, the “city with a heart’ in both name and spirit.

paper / 128 pp. / 2002 (reprinted 2004) / ISBN 0-7385-1979-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2527

South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce

John Palmer

South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce

South Bend, Indiana stood at the crossroads of several major Native American trading routes long before the Europeans led by the French, arrived from Canada and the East Coast to trade for furs. The city on the bend of the St. Joseph River soon became an important commercial center for settlers moving west.

Making of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 160 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-7385-2414-x / $24.99
Order No. 2446

Indiana's Covered Bridges

Robert Reed

Indiana's Covered Bridges

Once there were hundreds of 19th century and very early 20th century covered bridges in Indiana—so many in fact, that the state ranked third in the nation in the number of structures still standing. By the early 1930s and 1940s a movement was afoot to preserve those magnificent spans which had not already disappeared due to desertion and deterioration. Some were saved, but many were not. Captured in the volume are nearly 200 of those illustrations from the mid-20th century and before, representing more than 36 Indiana counties from Adams County to Wells County.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3335-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2490

Jasper and Huntingburg

Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson

Jasper and Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, Jasper and Huntingburg are quintessential American towns where hard work and dedication to cultural and ethnic preservation contribute to the beauty and prosperity of the area. The strong European roots of these Dubois County towns are evident in soaring churches and the nearby Monastery of the Immaculate Conception. German traditions passed down by immigrants from the Black Forest and Bavaria have earned Jasper the title of the “Nation’s Woodworking Capital,” while Scotch and Irish heritage are also woven into the fabric of the region. These divergent influences have created architecturally and historically significant towns proud of their past and ready to embrace their future.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3439-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2564

German Settlers of South Bend

Gabrielle Robinson

German Settlers of South Bend

The predominant immigrant group from the 1840s to the 1870s, the Germans helped build South Bend from an isolated trading post into a thriving industrial city. They also played a key role in transforming the surrounding wilderness into rich and fertile farmland.

Voices of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2340-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2445


Jane Carroll Routte


Civic pride runs strong through this community where generations of families have remained in the same neighborhoods, and sometimes in the same house. Speedway was originally the dream of Carl Fischer who, in 1926, envisioned a “horseless city just opposite the Motor Speedway, an industrialized city devoted to motorization of all traffic.” He wanted to see a well-planned and comfortable city of cleanliness and pride.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3332-7 / $19.99
Order No. 2486


Ripley County

Alan F. Smith

Ripley County

The images allow the reader to respect the trial, tribulations, and triumphs experienced by those who lived in Ripley County through the years.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-7385-0734-2 / $18.99
Order No. 2443


Allen County in Vintage Postcards

John Martin Smith

Allen County in Vintage Postcards

This book provides a visual 40-year history of Allen County. This vast collection provides a wide range of fascinating images and poignant messages preserved on 1 cent postcards.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1915-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2429

Angola and Steuben County in Vintage Postcards

John Martin Smith

Angola and Steuben County in Vintage Postcards

Featuring more than 200 vintage postcards, this book captures fleeting images that reflect the interesting and significant scenes of Steuben County's towns and day-to-day activities at the turn of the century.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1916-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2430

DeKalb County

John Martin Smith

DeKalb County in Vintage Postcards

The fleeting scenes of the train depot in Ashley, the Auburn Hotel in Auburn, and the Thompson Opera House in Butler were captured on postcards sent or collected by DeKalb County's residents and visitors. Showcased here on over 200 vintage postcards and images is the history of DeKalb County. Offering a unique visual history of the area through preserved one-cent postcards, this book portrays the socials, events, buildings, homes, and residents of a by-gone era from the towns of DeKalb County, including Corunna, Garrett, Spencerville, St. Joe, Waterloo, and many other small towns and rural areas.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1917-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2557

Kendallville & Noble County

John Martin Smith

Kendallville & Noble County in Vintage Postcards

Captured here in over 200 vintage postcard is the history of Noble County depicting the thriving downtown areas, booming industries, and quiet, pleasant residential section.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1920-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2439

Michigan City Beach Communities: Sheridan, Long Beach, Duneland, Michiana Shores

Barbara Stodola

Michigan City Beach Communities

By focusing on the individual histories of Michigan City's beach communities, the author relates the economic, social, and recreational history that distinguishes these lakeshore communities. She chronicles the area's past, from the time of the Potawatomi Indians to the middle of the 20th century through a collection of almost 200 vintage photographs.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2331-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2441

Bremen and North Central Indiana

Tammy (Kuhn) Venable

Bremen and North Central Indiana

This photographic history of Bremen and the surrounding area is an early account of the lives of the residents who molded the region, from the first settlers of the 19th century, to the groundbreakers of today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1874-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2433

Around Nappanee: Hometowns of the Heritage Trail

Amy (Lant) Wenger

Around Nappanee

"The more things change, the more they stay the same" may be the unspoken motto of the simple but bountiful area that is rural Elkhart County. Long admired for its balance between active progression and an appreciation for the past, the area has been shaped by the history, harmony, and diversity of its residents. Each of the seven communities profiled in Around Nappanee carries its own sense of loyalty and tradition that is truly a source of hometown pride. This book will introduce readers to the heartlands of Nappanee, Wakarusa, New Paris, Foraker, Locke, Southwest, and Jimtown-all of which can be found among western and southern Elkhart County's peaceful plains and lush farmlands.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-3154-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2556

Historic Irvington

Julie Young

Founded in 1870, historic Irvington serves as a time capsule to the bygone days of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The once autonomous community along the Pennsylvania Railroad and U.S. Route 40 has a history as rich and spellbinding as the legendary tales of its namesake, Washington Irving. Featuring plenty of architectural diversity and notable citizens, Irvington served as the original home to Butler University and became known as a cultural, arts, and academic pillar of the Indianapolis landscape. Today Irvington continues to be the gem of Indianapolis’s east side with locally owned shops and businesses along with a community that is committed to the past while focusing on the future.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 0738552119 /$19.99
Order No. 2690

Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana

Karen Bazzani Zach

Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana

A captivating narrative, along with vibrant historic images, engages readers in a lucid and informative portrayal of this Indiana city.

Making of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 160 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2417-4 / $24.99
Order No. 2434

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